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 By Alex Fethiere    News    October 14, 2021 

Hang on slopey

A fortuitous coincidence of video and book gave me a notion to stack some functions: producing biomass above and below ground, holding slopes and making fertilizer in situ. While watching Michael "Ske...


Convergence season

A permaculture convergence was my introduction to Cascadia. One of the best ways to hit the ground running is two to three days of immersion in a conference assembling many of the people and pursuits...


Sucker born every minute

An obsession with air drainage led me to inadvertently create soil drainage. A hillside was covered with evergreen huckleberry, and the shrubs had been struggling beneath a bigleaf maple canopy for...


Fifty-year spinach

Spinach is a ubiquitous green in our culture, and grocery stores have ruined it for me. It's fragile when bundled and intolerant of mishandling. When spoiling in a clamshell of mixed greens, it... Full story


When you see berries

Since nature abhors a vacuum, I replace whatever I can with something discharging a similar function. On my property that means subbing out a lot of red alder. These pioneer trees are enriching...


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